Here's another hidden enclave to add to the list of garden sanctuaries designed for a modern-day Henry David Thoreau: Italian architecture firm Act Romegialli converted a storage shed in the Italian Alps into a verdurous box that is somehow equal parts Snow White cottage and Philip Johnson's Glass House. To make Green Box, Act Romegialli gave the client's backyard building a lightweight steel frame and glassy walls, then, well, pretty much let nature do its thing. Vines slink down the rooftop and over the façade; inside, the architects used reclaimed wood, concrete, stone, and galvanized steel to reinforce the minimalist-cabin feel. More photos, below.
More minimalist fairy tale cottages? Onward, to Sweden!
· Gorgeous Studio Completely Wrapped in Living Plants by Act_Romegialli [Inhabitat via DesignBoom]
· Six Garden Sanctuaries For the Modern-Day Thoreau [Curbed National]